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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 15

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Trevor Cann

Trevor Cann is helping Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate climb in the standings.

Currently playing his second year of professional hockey, Cann has gained most of his playing time with the CHL’s Tulsa Oilers, but has also appeared in the American Hockey League with the Lake Erie Monsters. In two separate stints with the Monsters this season, Cann has posted a 2-3-0 record in six appearances.

But since being loaned back to Tulsa in early January, Cann has thrived while playing on a nightly basis. He has appeared in 13 of the Oilers’ last 14 games, going 8-4-1 during that stretch to help Tulsa climb to the No. 3 spot in the Berry Conference with 52 points (25-21-2).

Cann was busy last week, posting 42 saves in a 7-5 loss to Allen this past Tuesday and making 41 stops in a 3-1 loss to Texas on Friday before earning a 4-3 overtime win over Mississippi on Saturday by turning aside 34 attempts.

In 18 games with the Oilers, Cann has an 11-5-1 record with a .913 save percentage. Those numbers match up almost exactly to his performance during his rookie season in the CHL. During the 2009-10 campaign, Cann appeared in 18 games with Tulsa, posting an 11-6-1 mark with a .915 save percentage.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters moved into second place in the North Division after earning a pair of victories last week.

Lake Erie took down Grand Rapids by a 2-1 score following a shootout on Saturday. Jason Bacashihua made 29 saves through overtime and then stopped five of the six Grand Rapids attempts in a shootout to claim the victory between the pipes. Patrick Rissmiller scored the Monsters’ goal in regulation, while Mark Olver and Mike Carman each tallied in the shootout.

The Monsters then moved into the No. 2 spot in the division after defeating Texas, 3-2, on Monday. Bacashihua made 32 saves, David Van Der Gulik and Ryan Stoa each had a goal and an assist and Luke Walker also tallied for Lake Erie.

-Boston University netminder Kieran Millan made 23 saves to lead the Terriers to a 4-3 overtime victory against Massachusetts on Friday. Millan then turned aside 24 shots on Monday night, but Boston University fell to Harvard by a 5-4 score in the Beanpot Third Place Game. In 27 appearances this season, Millan holds an 11-7-7 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.80 goals-against average.

-Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson made 28 saves on Friday, but the Gophers fell to the Denver Pioneers by a 2-1 count. Patterson made 31 stops during Saturday’s rematch and teammate Nathan Condon recorded two assists to lead the Gophers to a 7-3 triumph. Patterson is 10-7-4 with a .918 save percentage in 22 appearances, while Condon ranks second among Minnesota freshmen with 15 points (7g/8a) in 27 games.

-Luke Moffatt scored his fourth goal of the season on Saturday, but Michigan fell to Ohio State, 2-1. The freshman forward has recorded 12 points (4g/8a) in 26 games this season.

-North Dakota senior forward Brad Malone had an assist Friday in a 6-1 win over Alaska Anchorage and currently ranks fourth on the team’s scoring chart with 26 points (9g/17a) in 30 games. Malone is also pacing the team with 92 penalty minutes.

-Saskatoon’s Stefan Elliott stretched his point streak to six games (2g/8a) last week, first recording a goal and an assist Wednesday in a 6-5 overtime win against Moose Jaw and then picking up two helpers Friday during a 7-2 triumph over Prince Albert. Elliott also added an assist Saturday as Saskatoon beat Moose Jaw, 5-3. The prospect leads all WHL defenders with 23 goals and 65 points through 55 games.

-Kelowna defenseman Tyson Barrie notched two assists Friday during a 5-4 shootout loss to Chilliwack. Barrie ranks seventh among league blueliners with 45 points (8g/37a) in 38 games.

-Portland defenseman Troy Rutkowski had two assists in a 10-5 win over Spokane on Wednesday and again recorded two helpers Saturday as the Winterhawks topped Seattle, 8-2. Rutkowski is tied for 13th among WHL defensemen with 36 points (7g/29a) through 57 games.

-Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard made 32 saves Wednesday in a 6-1 loss to Kamloops and then suffered another defeat on Saturday after making 28 stops in an 8-2 setback against Portland. Pickard bounced back with a big performance on Sunday, turning aside 57-of-58 shots to lead the Thunderbirds to a 3-1 triumph over Spokane. In 54 appearances this season, Pickard is 20-26-3-5 with a .915 save percentage.

-Owen Sound forward Joey Hishon extended his point streak to seven games (5g/6a) by notching at least one point in each of his three games last week. Hishon began the week with a two-point effort (1g/1a) on Thursday during a 6-4 victory over Windsor. He then recorded an assist on Friday in Owen Sound’s 4-3 overtime loss to Saginaw. Hishon rounded out the week by scoring the game-winning goal in a 2-1 triumph over Plymouth on Saturday. He is now tied for sixth in the OHL in scoring with 76 points (33g/43a) in 44 games.

-Brandon Maxwell made 21 saves on Tuesday to lead the Kitchener Rangers to a 5-3 win over Guelph. Maxwell then turned aside 36 shots on Saturday, but Kitchener fell to Saginaw by a 3-2 score following a shootout. The netminder rounded out the week with a 19-save performance in an 8-3 defeat at the hands of Sault Ste. Marie. In 37 appearances this season, Maxwell is 20-11-3-1 with a 3.32 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.

-Belleville blueliner Stephen Silas assisted on the game-winning goal Friday during the Bulls’ 3-2 win over Kingston. Silas also picked up two helpers on Sunday, but Belleville fell to Oshawa, 6-4. Silas leads all Belleville defensemen with 24 points (1g/23a) in 52 games.
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